The "L" dimensions are 175 X 175 mm (6.89 X 6.89") quite capable of accommodating even large Pro camera bodies or cameras with a battery grip, but the thickness of the structure does not inspire the rigidity required for a heavy weight champion.
The VR Rail
Adding a Quick Release Clamp
|By adding a Fotopro QAL-500 Arca-Swiss® compatible 5 cm Quick Release clamp, the L bracket can be immediately interchanged between cameras equipped with an Arca-Swiss® compatible base plate. Something that proves useful for owners of more than one camera bodies.|
|The clamp can be attached with one of the 3/8"-16 captive screws and if tighten well, the cork prevents it from twisting.|
|In the Create & Use a Single Row Panorama Head, article you may see how it can be utilized in a Single Row Panorama Head structure.|
Giottos MH-680 VR has many qualities like scales and both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 captive screws, can fit to "any" camera, but it also has some limitations as to the weight of the camera it can hold without bending or resonate to vibration, due to excess torque.
Nevertheless, it sells for half the price of similar brackets and if kept within limits, can be used as a universal vertical bracket for entry level or semi-pro DSLRs with a wide, standard or short telephoto lens.
The manufacturer does not mention any information about maximum weight, but after testing I would not recommend it for anything above 2,5 Kg (~5.5 lb)
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Fotopro QAL-500 5cm Quick Release Clamp
Create & Use a Single Row Panorama Head